I Believe in Father Christmas – Greg Lake

Certain songs say Christmas to the music of our heart. “I Believe in Father Christmas” is one of those songs. The song is accented by the fine guitar playing and stellar voice of Greg Lake.

Recently Greg Lake was asked in Facebook, What inspired you to write this song and what did it mean to you back when you wrote it? and What does it mean to you today and what do you want people to come away with from hearing this song?

Here is his response:

“I Believe in Father Christmas” was written by myself together with Pete Sinfield. It started out with this little guitar riff which I had buzzing round in my head for weeks but no matter how I tried I just couldn’t seem to develop it into a song. It actually started to drive me crazy and one day I found myself humming the tune to Jingle Bells over the riff. This is the sort if thing that happens to writers when they get a few steps away from total insanity.

Anyway I told Pete about hearing this melody in my head and he said maybe it could be a Christmas song. I really don’t like most of those good time Christmas party songs but after a while I began to reflect on what Christmas really meant to me as a kid and how this had somehow got lost in the commercial feeding frenzy that has taken priority in more recent years.

Pete and I started to think about this and after a while we began to identify the core belief that children have about Christmas that really encapsulates the magic and benevolent spirit of Christmas.

Basically it was the belief that all children have in Father Christmas and in a more general sense about how the story of the nativity represents the concept of peace on earth good will to all men.

I honestly can’t remember whether it was Pete or myself who came out with the actual line but it was something we pretty much realised simultaneously. It was the magic key which unlocked the door to the song. I Believe in Father Christmas.

Merry Christmas to Everyone. Greg.

I found this beautiful collaboration filmed live in 2006 at St. Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, in the City of London. Greg Lake performs his 1975 classic “I Believe in Father Christmas” with Jethro Tull’ s Ian Anderson on flute, David Arch on keyboards, Florian Opahle on acoustic guitar and the church choir.

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Rod Stewart – Merry Christmas, Baby

Each year I like to get a new Christmas album that celebrates the season by filling our home with traditional holiday songs as we decorate the tree and living room. What better way to honor the birth of our savior, Jesus Christ 🙂 than to fill the music of our heart.

I am pleased to see that Rod Stewart will release his first Christmas recording, Merry Christmas, Baby on October 30, 2012. Rod’s command of the Great American Songbook and his later career emphasis as a torch singer has built him an expanded fan base.

I am especially looking forward to the track that features a “virtual duet” with Ella Fitzgerald as they are accompanied by Chris Botti on trumpet. This is a multidimensional collaboration with digital technology playing a key role in bridging the past and the present.

I have been a fan of Rod Stewart’s ever since I saw him perform as the lead singer for the Jeff Beck Group on July 3rd, 1969 at the Fillmore East in the East Village in New York City. He was a striking figure that night in purple turtleneck and a long white knit scarf. He strutted that stage like a dandy.